How in times of trouble animals also stand together

Faced with potential violence from rival factions, dwarf mongoose groupmates pull together and behave more co-operatively, according to new research by University of Bristol researchers published today. | Continue reading


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Climate of guilt: Flying no longer the high road for some

School's out for summer and Swedish lawyer Pia Bjorstrand, her husband and their two sons are shouldering backpacks, ready to board the first of many trains on a whistle-stop vacation around northern Europe. | Continue reading


@phys.org | 43 minutes ago

Crumbling roads, grids cost poor nations billions due to storms: World Bank

Flooding, storms and other natural hazards, made more likely by climate change, cost poor nations hundreds of billions every year due to crumbling infrastructure, the World Bank said Wednesday. | Continue reading


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New research shows importance of climate on spruce beetle flight

If the climate continues warming as predicted, spruce beetle outbreaks in the Rocky Mountains could become more frequent, a new multi-year study led by Colorado State University finds. | Continue reading


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Deep submersible dives shed light on rarely explored coral reefs

Just beyond where conventional scuba divers can go is an area of the ocean that still is largely unexplored. In waters this deep—about 100 to at least 500 feet below the surface—little to no light breaks through. | Continue reading


@phys.org | 3 hours ago

Millions with neurological diseases could find new option in neurostimulation devices

The United States is seeing an increase in the number of neurological diseases. Stroke is ranked as the fifth leading cause of death, with Alzheimer's being ranked sixth. Another neurological disease—Parkinson's—affects nearly 1 million people in the U.S. each year. | Continue reading


@phys.org | 3 hours ago

In Sudan, internet users find ways to beat blackout

In a lush garden cafe in Sudan's capital, a group of youngsters sit eyes glued to mobile phone screens, seeking ways to bypass an internet blackout imposed by army rulers. | Continue reading


@phys.org | 3 hours ago

New study proves some of Earth's oldest animals could take trips

New UC Riverside-led research settles a longstanding debate about whether the most ancient animal communities were deliberately mobile. It turns out they were, because they were hungry. | Continue reading


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Skin deep: Japan's 'washi' paper torn by modern life

Once an indispensable part of daily life in Japan, ultra-thin washi paper was used for everything from writing and painting to lampshades, umbrellas, and sliding doors, but demand has plunged as lifestyles have become more westernised. | Continue reading


@phys.org | 3 hours ago

Ride on time: Recycled bikes get Myanmar kids to school

The clangor of bells in the air, Myanmar children race home from school on recycled bikes shipped from Singapore and Malaysia, donated to give them easier access to education in a nation where more than half live in poverty. | Continue reading


@phys.org | 3 hours ago

Tech firm Slack to make market debut, at $26 reference price

Cloud-based software firm Slack Technologies makes its debut on the New York Stock Exchange Thursday with a reference price of $26, adding to this year's parade of new Wall Street entrants. | Continue reading


@phys.org | 3 hours ago

Captive beluga whales make epic journey from China to Iceland sanctuary

Two beluga whales from a Shanghai aquarium arrived in Iceland on Wednesday to live out their days in a unique marine sanctuary that conservationists hope will become a model for rehoming some 3,000 of the creatures currently in captivity. | Continue reading


@phys.org | 3 hours ago

Sailing among the stars: how photons could revolutionize space flight

A few days from now, a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will lift off from Florida, carrying a satellite the size of a loaf of bread with nothing to power it but a huge polyester "solar sail." | Continue reading


@phys.org | 3 hours ago

Poll: Tracking asteroids a favored focus for space program

A new poll shows Americans prefer a space program that focuses on potential asteroid impacts, scientific research and using robots to explore the cosmos over sending humans back to the moon or on to Mars. | Continue reading


@phys.org | 3 hours ago

New York to get one of world's most ambitious carbon reduction plans

New York state lawmakers on Wednesday passed one of the world's most ambitious laws aimed at countering climate change, under which fossil fuel power plants and gasoline cars will be phased out by 2050. | Continue reading


@phys.org | 3 hours ago

Florida city pays $600,000 ransom to save computer records

A Florida city agreed to pay $600,000 in ransom to hackers who took over its computer system, the latest in thousands of attacks worldwide aimed at extorting money from governments and businesses. | Continue reading


@phys.org | 14 hours ago

Mineral discovery made easier: X-ray technique shines a new light on tiny, rare crystals

Like a tiny needle in a sprawling hayfield, a single crystal grain measuring just tens of millionths of a meter—found in a borehole sample drilled in Central Siberia—had an unexpected chemical makeup. | Continue reading


@phys.org | 14 hours ago

The intersection of vision and language

Nine thousand two hundred artificial intelligence researchers. Five thousand one hundred sixty-five research papers submitted, of which only 1,300 were accepted. One Best Student Paper. | Continue reading


@phys.org | 14 hours ago

Oceanographers investigate the ocean's carbon-absorbing processes over time

It's a well-known fact that the ocean is one of the biggest absorbers of the carbon dioxide emitted by way of human activity. What's less well known is how the ocean's processes for absorbing that carbon change over time, and how they might affect its ability to buffer climate ch … | Continue reading


@phys.org | 14 hours ago

Stabilizing nations' food production through crop diversity

With increasing demand for food from the planet's growing population and climate change threatening the stability of food systems across the world, University of Minnesota research examined how the diversity of crops at the national level could increase the harvest stability of a … | Continue reading


@phys.org | 14 hours ago

New platform flips traditional on-demand supply chain approach on its head

Imagine you are heading to the grocery store and receive a phone alert asking if you'd also be willing to bring your neighbor's groceries home. Or you are on your way to a concert and see you could fill the seats of your car—and your wallet—if you picked up a few other music fans … | Continue reading


@phys.org | 14 hours ago

Physicists show novel Mott state in twisted graphene bilayers at 'magic angle'

A University of Oklahoma physics group sheds light on a novel Mott state observed in twisted graphene bilayers at the 'magic angle' in a recent study just published in Physical Review Letters. OU physicists show the Mott state in graphene bilayers favors ferromagnetic alignment o … | Continue reading


@phys.org | 14 hours ago

Neutrons get a wider angle on DNA and RNA to advance 3-D models

Scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland are using neutrons at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to capture new information about DNA and RNA molecules and enable more accurate computer simulations of how they int … | Continue reading


@phys.org | 14 hours ago

Scientists chart course toward a new world of synthetic biology

Genetically engineered trees that provide fire-resistant lumber for homes. Modified organs that won't be rejected. Synthetic microbes that monitor your gut to detect invading disease organisms and kill them before you get sick. | Continue reading


@phys.org | 14 hours ago

NOAA Fisheries biologists record singing by rare right whale

Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say they have recorded singing by a rare right whale for the first time. | Continue reading


@phys.org | 14 hours ago

Survey sees biggest US honeybee winter die-off yet

Winter hit U.S. honeybees hard with the highest loss rate yet, an annual survey of beekeepers showed. | Continue reading


@phys.org | 14 hours ago

New research shows an iceless Greenland may be in our future

New research shows an iceless Greenland may be in the future. If worldwide greenhouse gas emissions remain on their current trajectory, Greenland may be ice-free by the year 3000. Even by the end of the century, the island could lose 4.5% of its ice, contributing up to 13 inches … | Continue reading


@phys.org | 15 hours ago

Melting of Himalayan glaciers has doubled in recent years

A newly comprehensive study shows that melting of Himalayan glaciers caused by rising temperatures has accelerated dramatically since the start of the 21st century. The analysis, spanning 40 years of satellite observations across India, China, Nepal and Bhutan, indicates that gla … | Continue reading


@phys.org | 15 hours ago

Frog protein may mitigate dangers posed by toxic marine microbes

A new study from UC San Francisco suggests that a protein found in the common bullfrog may one day be used to detect and neutralize a poisonous compound produced by red tides and other harmful algal blooms. The discovery comes as these waterborne toxic events are becoming increas … | Continue reading


@phys.org | 15 hours ago

Ediacaran dinner party featured plenty to eat, adequate sanitation, computer model shows

Earth's first dinner party wasn't impressive, just a bunch of soft-bodied Ediacaran organisms sunk into sediment on the ocean floor, sharing in scraps of organic matter suspended in the water around them. | Continue reading


@phys.org | 15 hours ago

Groundwater pumping has significantly reduced US stream flows

Groundwater pumping in the last century has contributed as much as 50 percent to stream flow declines in some U.S. rivers, according to new research led by a University of Arizona hydrologist. | Continue reading


@phys.org | 15 hours ago

Human migration in Oceania recreated through paper mulberry genetics

The migration and interaction routes of prehistoric humans throughout the islands of Oceania can be retraced using genetic differences between paper mulberry plants, a tree native to Asia cultivated for fibers to make paper and introduced into the Pacific in prehistoric times to … | Continue reading


@phys.org | 15 hours ago

Early Celts in Burgundy appropriated Mediterranean products and feasting practices

Early Celts in eastern France imported Mediterranean pottery, as well as olive oil and wine, and may have appropriated Mediterranean feasting practices, according to a study published June 19, 2019 in PLOS ONE, by Maxime Rageot from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and the … | Continue reading


@phys.org | 15 hours ago

Marriage may not aid financial savings for those who favor immediate rewards

A study of married couples in Vietnam suggests that, when one spouse tends to favor immediate rewards, marriage does not help them commit to saving money. Hisaki Kono of Kyoto University, Japan, and Tomomi Tanaka of the World Bank, US, present these findings in the open-access jo … | Continue reading


@phys.org | 15 hours ago

Investigating coral and algal 'matchmaking' at the cellular level

What factors govern algae's success as "tenants" of their coral hosts both under optimal conditions and when oceanic temperatures rise? A Victoria University of Wellington-led team of experts that includes Carnegie's Arthur Grossman investigates this question. | Continue reading


@phys.org | 16 hours ago

Finding 'Nemo's' family tree of anemones

Thanks in part to the popular film Finding Nemo, clownfishes are well known to the public and well represented in scientific literature. But the same can't be said for the equally colorful sea anemones—venomous, tentacled animals—that protect clownfishes and that the fish nourish … | Continue reading


@phys.org | 16 hours ago

How much work brings happiness? Not much, study shows

Having a job can be a boon to mental well-being, but for many of us, it only takes one day of work per week, a new study suggests. | Continue reading


@phys.org | 16 hours ago

Delayed Kentucky internet project faces new squirrel setback

A project that would bring high-speed internet across Kentucky will be delayed because company representatives say an "abundance" of squirrels have chewed through wiring. | Continue reading


@phys.org | 16 hours ago

Perfect quantum portal emerges at exotic interface

Researchers at the University of Maryland have captured the most direct evidence to date of a quantum quirk that allows particles to tunnel through a barrier like it's not even there. The result, featured on the cover of the June 20, 2019 issue of the journal Nature, may enable e … | Continue reading


@phys.org | 16 hours ago

Successful 'alien' bird invasions are location dependent

Published today in Nature, researchers show that alien bird introductions are most successful in locations and climates similar to their native habitats and in places where other alien species are already established. | Continue reading


@phys.org | 16 hours ago

Special nanotubes could improve solar power and imaging technology

Physicists have discovered a novel kind of nanotube that generates current in the presence of light. Devices such as optical sensors and infrared imaging chips are likely applications, which could be useful in fields such as automated transport and astronomy. In future, if the ef … | Continue reading


@phys.org | 16 hours ago

Researchers reproduce micro-scale 'Great Wave' painting with inkless technology

Katsushika Hokusai (1760 - 1849) is the titan of Japanese art, as revered in his homeland as are Da Vinci, Van Gogh and Rembrandt Van Rijn in the West. Of all his famed masterpieces, the "Great Wave" stands out as the ultimate testament to his artistic genius. | Continue reading


@phys.org | 16 hours ago

Size is not everything according to latest Nature Index annual tables

In the Nature Index 2019 annual tables, released today, the United States is well ahead of China then Germany to make up the top three in the country ranking, while the top three institutions—the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Harvard University and Max Planck Society—have held fas … | Continue reading


@phys.org | 16 hours ago

Trump moves to weaken Obama climate policy, bolster coal industry

The Trump administration on Wednesday unveiled its final plan to rewrite a major Obama-era climate change policy, replacing proposed regulations that cracked down on coal-burning power plants with a weaker alternative. | Continue reading


@phys.org | 16 hours ago

Making systems robust

The human body keeps the calcium concentration in the blood constant, similarly to an aircraft's autopilot keeping the plane at a constant altitude. What they have in common is that both the body and the autopilot employ sophisticated integral feedback control mechanisms. | Continue reading


@phys.org | 16 hours ago

Powering a solution: Professor takes charge at improving lithium ion batteries safety

As cutting edge as electric vehicles are, they're still vulnerable to an Achilles heel—the very source that gives them power. | Continue reading


@phys.org | 17 hours ago

What's the future for cash? Target register outages prove physical loot still has its place

Does the use of cash have an expiration date? | Continue reading


@phys.org | 17 hours ago

Phage display for engineering blood-contacting surfaces

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